Do I Have to Replace My Extracted Tooth?
WoWhether you are dealing with a tooth that is impacted, one that has been severely damaged by decay or trauma, or one that has fallen out of your mouth for no apparent reason whatsoever, dentists usually recommend a tooth extraction. However, there may be situations in which the dentist will recommend leaving the tooth in place and performing root canal therapy instead. The next course of action taken depends on your current tooth situation.
Is tooth replacement necessary?
It’s entirely possible in some cases to save teeth with root canal therapy instead of extracting them. If you are dealing with a tooth that has become infected, is damaged beyond repair, or is severely decayed, your dentist will probably recommend an extraction. This would prevent the infection from spreading throughout your gums and also reduce the risk of further damage to the healthy teeth in your mouth. If this is not an option or if you hate the idea of tooth extraction, root canal therapy might be a better alternative for you.
However, as with any dental treatment, there are risks associated with root canals. The most common complication that occurs as a result of this procedure is re-infection of the tooth. This can happen if bacteria from the mouth travel down the root of the tooth and into the surrounding bone. In some cases, the bone around the tooth may need to be removed surgically to eradicate the infection.
Other potential complications that can occur as a result of root canal therapy include:
– Damage to the dental pulp, which can lead to pain and/or an abscess
– Formation of a cyst around the root of the tooth
– Tooth fracture
– Sinus infection
These complications thus make tooth replacement a welcome option in many cases where root canal therapy is not successful. Before choosing an option, consult your dentist with your situation and get their opinion on the matter.
Tooth replacement options
If you have undergone an extraction and you want to replace your missing tooth, there are many options for you to consider including:
- Dental implants
Dental implants are the most popular tooth replacement option available today. They are made of titanium, a biocompatible material compatible with the human bone of the extracted tooth. After the implant has been placed in the jawbone, a dental crown is attached. Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth and can last for many years with proper care.
- Dental bridges
Dental bridges are made of artificial teeth (pontics) attached to two dental crowns placed on the adjacent teeth. The pontics bridge is used in replacing teeth. Dental bridges are a less invasive option than dental implants and are often a more affordable choice. However, they are not as durable as dental implants and may need to be replaced after a few years.
Dentures are removable artificial teeth that fit over the gums. They can be made of plastic, metal, or a combination of both. Dentures are a less expensive option than dental implants or bridges, but they are not as durable and may need to be replaced every few years.
In conclusion, if you are facing the decision to extract a tooth or perform root canal therapy, your dentist will weigh the pros and cons of each option and help you make the best decision for your situation.
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